Albany County District Attorney David Soares

District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that Albany County residents with past criminal convictions may be able to seal those convictions under a new statute that takes effect on Saturday.
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares briefed reporters this afternoon about a new sealing order provision. 

9/25/17 Panel

Sep 25, 2017

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Communications Consultant Theresa Bourgeois, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and Director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University, Keith Strudler. 

Albany County DA David Soares
Albany County District Attorney's Office

Albany County District Attorney David Soares is the guest for today's show. Soares, a Democrat, has been in office since 2005. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Local leaders say a new initiative called U-CAN has the potential to change the lives of young offenders.  "United Against Crime - Community Action Network" is the brainchild of Cohoes City Court Judge Andra Ackerman.

DA Soares Announces Criminal Justice Reform Efforts in Albany County
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares is publicizing a new series of criminal justice reforms.

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Just in time for Memorial Day, Albany County District Attorney David Soares has announced a round of traffic safety and policy changes involving the prosecution of vehicular crimes in Albany County.

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Sol Greenberg's trademark wavy silver hair and pipe once personified the office of District Attorney in Albany County. Greenberg died Thursday at age 95.

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Every April since 1981, communities across the nation have paused to honor crime victims and those who support them.  Local officials gathered at the Albany County Courthouse today for a remembrance.

 A rallygoer holds a sign supporting Marquis Dixon.
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A state appeals court has reversed the conviction that sent an Albany teenager to a nine-year prison term for a sneaker robbery.

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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has appointed Judge Stephen Herrick to serve as Albany County Public Defender.

An Albany City Court judge has agreed to resign after 10 of 13 misconduct charges against him were upheld in an administrative proceeding.

An Albany City Court judge has agreed to resign after 10 misconduct charges against him were upheld in an administrative proceeding.

The third defendant in the University at Albany CDTA bus fight that made national headlines has accepted a plea deal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany County Court Tuesday afternoon when 21-year-old Alexis Briggs read a tearful apology...

Albany County Crime Victims
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Local officials gathered at Academy Park in Albany today for a ceremony to honor the memory of Albany County crime victims.

The "Report Animal Abuse, Stop Domestic Abuse" initiative of the Albany County DA's "ACT" Animal Cruelty Taskforce aims to shine a light on domestic violence, by encouraging more residents to dial 9-1-1 when they suspect animal abuse.
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares has rolled out a new public service campaign with a dual purpose.

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Albany County D.A.'s Office

Three UAlbany women involved in a CDTA bus attack in January were arraigned this morning in Albany Police Court.

Activists gather in City Hall to deliver a list of demands.
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Family members of the Albany man who died after being tased by police earlier this year joined with community activists at city hall today, delivering a list of demands to the mayor’s office.

Dave Lucas

The community is reacting to a grand jury's decision not to indict Albany police officers who confronted Donald "Dontay" Ivy on the night he died. 

Dave Lucas

  It was a case that stunned the community, angered activists, and even pitted the district attorney against the governor. Today, some resolution — but not for family of Donald “Dontay” Ivy. As WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports, the Albany County D.A. announced police won't face charges in the case of the African American man who died in April after officers subdued him with a stun gun.

Albany County DA David Soares
Albany County District Attorney's Office

This morning, WAMC Morning Edition Host David Guistina talks with Albany County District Attorney David Soares about his visit to Washington to hear Obama talk to law enforcement officials across the country about mass incarceration and movements such as Black Lives Matter.

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Members of the Release Marquis Campaign rallied at Albany City Hall last night, calling for the Common Council to  unanimously pass a Raise The Age Resolution.

Sean Collins

Five months have passed since the taser-related death of Donald "Dontay" Ivy at the hands of Albany Police. Slow-paced investigations by the department and the Albany County District Attorney's office have upset citizens and alarmed activists.

Sean Collins

With two prominent racially sensitive cases dominating headlines in recent weeks, the Albany County District Attorney is hearing from an impatient community.

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By and large, American cities are far safer today than they were decades ago. But problems persist. In the first part of our weeklong series on urban crime, WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas surveys the landscape in Albany.

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District Attorneys across New York are bristling at state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's new authority to investigate police killings of civilians.

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  The U.S. Attorney's office says more than $9.6 million in assets seized in an international internet gambling takedown is being distributed to law enforcement agencies in New York and Florida as well as the federal government. 

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New York's highest court says it's up to the district attorney, not a city judge, to decide whether or not to prosecute protesters charged with disorderly conduct as part of the Occupy Albany movement that gripped downtown four years ago.

During the autumn of 2011, the downtown Albany "Occupy" site in the shadow of the state capitol was one of 2,000 such encampments that had sprung up across the globe. The movement took root earlier that year in New York City, as part of the response to the U.S. financial crisis, when "occupiers" converged on Zuccotti Park.

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Funeral services were held today for an Albany man who died in police custody.  Donald “Dontay” Ivy died April 2nd after being tased during a confrontation with Albany Police.

Officials say the 39-year old Ivy was walking in the wee hours near his home along Lark Street and Second Street when three officers stopped him. At some point their interaction became physical, and Ivy was Tased. Family members said Ivy suffered from schizophrenia and had heart problems.

4/8/15 Panel

Apr 8, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include SC policeman charged with murder; Russians hack the White House; US tracked billions of calls over decades; Greenpeace protest; Albany County District Attorney David Soares to investigate Donald 'Dontay' Ivy's death.

Albany County DA David Soares
Albany County District Attorney's Office

The Albany County District Attorney's Office says it's conducting an independent investigation of the death of a man who died in police custody after officers subdued him with a stun gun.

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